Microsoft IT Academy kicks off at UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is partnering with Microsoft to become an Authorized Academic Training Provider for area businesses and individuals. The official kickoff of UMD's Microsoft IT Academy begins with the new year.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is partnering with Microsoft to become an Authorized Academic Training Provider for area businesses and individuals. The official kickoff of UMD’s Microsoft IT Academy begins with the new year.

Businesses can’t continue to grow without the use of technology, said UMass Dartmouth’s Executive Director for Corporate Programs and Partnerships, Dr. Antone Vieira. The UMass Dartmouth IT Academy will offer programming geared toward company needs. This partnership with Microsoft will enable UMass Dartmouth to aid local businesses in their attempts to compete effectively in the marketplace, Vieira said.

Companies that must keep their employees’ skills up to speed with the latest applications and technology trends can take advantage of classes such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering (MCSE), Cisco Router Certification, Network + Certification, A + Certification, .Net, Database Design, Database Administration, and Microsoft Office XP 2002 User Specialist (MOUS). 
Even with recent events, there remains a strong demand for professionals who can analyze business requirements for system architectures, design solutions, deploy, install and configure architecture components, and troubleshoot system problems, Vieira said. Database administrators and related computer jobs are not only in demand within the finance, real estate, and insurance industries, but companies also require professionals who develop, build and maintain the hardware and software that run their businesses, he said. 

For more information about corporate training programs, contact Dr. Antone Vieira at (508) 999-8744 or avieira@umassd.edu.


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